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Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
"Quatermass and the Pit" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  16 February 1968 (USA)
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

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While digging a new subway line in London, a construction crew discovers first: a skeleton, then what they think is an old World War II German missile. Upon closer examination the "missile" appears to be not of this earth! This movie examines the age old question of how we came to be on this planet. It is surprisingly scary. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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All Earth Stands Helpless! Spawned in the depths of outer space -- a monster so horrible, so vicious, so incredible -- even when you see it you won't believe it could be! (U.S. poster) See more »

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If you look closely at the London Underground station walls, you can see quite a few posters from other Hammer projects such as The Reptile (1966), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and The Witches (1966), as well as My Fair Lady (1964) and Hotel (1967). An old, partially-ripped poster for Sex and the Single Girl (1964) can be seen on the wall opposite the entrance to Hobbs End station. See more »

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The final shot of Quatermass and Barbara, playing out under the end credits, is the same twenty-one or so seconds of footage looped four times. See more »

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Professor Bernard Quatermass: The will to survive is an odd phenomenon. Roney, if we found out our own world was doomed, say by climatic changes, what would we do about it?
Dr. Mathew Roney: Nothing, just go on squabbling like usual.
Professor Bernard Quatermass: Yes, but if we weren't men?
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Deserted Harbour
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Underground London provides a mind bending mystery.
21 June 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Workers unearth a mysterious object while digging in a London underground station. At first the object is believed to be an unexploded bomb dropped on the city by the Germans during WWII. Upon further examination what has been discovered is an alien spacecraft and the remains of its occupants. More Sci-Fi than horror, Hammer studios comes through with one of its best directed and acted films. Also known as FIVE MILLION YEARS to EARTH, this movie is based on a TV mini-series than ran in the 1950s. Cast members of note: Andrew Keir, James Donald, Julian Glover and Barbara Shelley.


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